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the horizon, and that henceforth Russia alone would be
likely, or indeed able, to threaten India. It was known
that in 1791 there had been a scheme for an invasion of
Hindustan by way of Orenburg, Bokhara, and Kabul.
Other schemes for Russian conquests in Central Asia had
also been published. But it was not realized at first that
Russian aggression on Georgia and Karabagh had in-
augurated a new and permanent state of affairs. The
reports of British officers who at the head of Persian
regiments fought Russian troops, the appointment of a
permanent mission at Teheran, and the travels and
writings of the gifted Englishmen of the period all con-
tributed to furnish that accurate information which is
essential as a basis of sound policy.